The constructive and destructive impacts of education on conflict

Yibeltal Nigussie Ayele


There is multiple and complex relationship between education and conflict, where education can positively and negatively affect conflict and also conflict can positively and negatively affect education. Schooling can foster to underlying conflicts and education can also create an opportunity for educational change, on the other side conflict can disturb the provision of education, and also schools can be sites for violence. (King, 2011) In this paper, researcher tried to delineate my focus on particular dimension of the impact of education on conflict -that is the constructive and destructive impact of education (positive and negative) impact of education on conflict. The impact of conflict on education was not explored on this paper. In this Paper, education was considered as a key medium for conveying not only academic lessons but attitudes, values and behaviors (Black, 1996). It transfers language, culture lessons, moral values and social organization, leading to a particular identity and often has a strong political role.The two sides of education in conflict challenge a widely held belief that education is always a force for betterment of the society. Educational systems can be manipulated to stimulate and create conflict between people, rather than bringing them in to unity and foster friendship. In short, education reflects the society around it. The attitudes that flourish beyond the school walls will, inevitably, filter into the classroom (Bush & Saltarelli 2000). Education, often interact with wider social-economic and political contexts can foster peace in one side and also, undermine peace and facilitate violence on the other side.



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